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Alphatec Spine Launches New MIS Device, the BridgePoint Spinous Process Fixation System

August 23, 2012 2:12 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIRE | News | Comments

Alphatec Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, with a focus on treating conditions related to the aging spine, announced today that it has launched its newest Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) device, which is called the BridgePoint Spinous Process Fixation System.

In-Vitro Study Data Shows That Wound Dressing With Silver Kills Multidrug-Resistant Organisms

August 13, 2012 1:40 pm | by ConvaTec | News | Comments

ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, today announced in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), commonly referred to as ‘superbugs.’

Improving The Power To Heal May Start With Surgeon's Fingertips

August 10, 2012 11:15 am | News | Comments

The intricate properties of the fingertips have been mimicked and recreated using semiconductor devices in what researchers hope will lead to the development of advanced surgical gloves. The devices, shown to be capable of responding with high precision to the stresses and strains associated with touch and finger movement...


Covalon to Present FDA Cleared IV ClearT Antimicrobial Silicone Adhesive Dressing at FIME: the Largest International Medical Trade Fair and Congress in the United States

August 8, 2012 8:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Covalon Technologies Ltd., an advanced medical technologies company, today announced that it is presenting its latest breakthrough antimicrobial products, including the recently United States FDA cleared IV ClearT at the 2012 FIME International Medical Expo ("FIME") from August 8 to 10 in Miami Beach, Florida.As a seminar guest speaker, Dr. Val DiTizio, Covalon's Chief Scientific Officer...

Teleflex Medical OEM Receives Patent for High-Strength, Coreless Force Fiber Suture

August 7, 2012 2:01 pm | by Teleflex Medical | News | Comments

Teleflex Medical OEM, a global leader in custom sutures and performance fibers, has been issued a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a unique high-strength suture. U.S. Patent 8,088,146 addresses a suture that combines a proprietary coreless braid design...

New Service Creates Needed Marketplace for Hospitals to Buy and Sell Excess Inventory

August 7, 2012 11:09 am | by | News | Comments

There is a new solution of materials managers dealing with excess inventory. is a members-only, on-line exchange that helps hospitals and surgical centers buy and sell unused, new medical devices and implants; purchase needed inventory at market-determined prices and recover some of the costs of their idle surgical inventory.

Misonix Adds 6 Spine Sales Agencies In The U.S.

August 7, 2012 8:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Misonix, Inc. (NasdaqGM: MSON), a surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products worldwide for spine surgery, skull-based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and other surgical ...

Teleflex Announces Complete Line of Bladeless Access Ports and Closure Products for Laparoscopic Procedures

August 7, 2012 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LIMERICK, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 7, 2012--Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced a full line of Weck ® Access Devices, including a broad offering of Weck Vista ™ bladeless access ports as well as the Weck EFx ™...


Solvay's Ixef PARA Replaces Stainless Steel in Disposable Cardiac Surgical Instruments

August 6, 2012 3:58 pm | News | Comments

Ixef® polyarylamide (PARA) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC, delivers high strength, rigidity, and moldability in new disposable surgical devices manufactured exclusively by Biorep Technologies, Miami, Fla., for Miami Instruments LLC...

Expandable Magnetic Growing Rod Provides New Treatment Option for Progressive Early-Onset Scoliosis

August 6, 2012 3:13 pm | News | Comments

Two young patients with progressive early-onset scoliosis were the first in North America to be offered treatment with an expandable magnetic rod. Their case reports, provided in an article in the August issue of AORN Journal, describe the use of the magnetic growing rod as a new treatment option...

Experts: Better Systems Needed for Medical Device Cybersecurity

July 31, 2012 10:17 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

Medical devices save countless lives, but an interdisciplinary research team warns that federal regulators need to improve how they track security and privacy problems in medical devices.

Link Found Between Kidney Removal & Erectile Dysfunction

July 31, 2012 10:00 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a link between patients who undergo total nephrectomy - complete kidney removal - and erectile dysfunction.

Adult Stem Cells From Liposuction Used to Create Blood Vessels in the Lab

July 26, 2012 11:39 am | News | Comments

Adult stem cells extracted during liposuction can be used to grow healthy new small-diameter blood vessels for use in heart bypass surgery and other procedures, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association's Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2012 Scientific Sessions.


Intuitive Surgical's dive continues on prostate surgery study

July 20, 2012 2:04 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A study showing that surgery for prostate cancer is unnecessary sends shares of Intuitive Surgical down another 8% today. Wall Street investors are taking another bite out of Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) today, sending its share price down nearly 8% on a study showing that prostate surgery is un-necessary for many men. ISRG shares dropped fast on Wall Street yesterday afternoon, fueled by the study and soft prostatectomy procedure volumes.

FDA OKs Renaissance robot system for brain surgery

July 20, 2012 1:23 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Mazor Robotics wins FDA clearance to extend its Renaissance robotic platform into brain surgery. Mazor Robotics (PINK:MZRTF) won FDA clearance extending use of its Renaissance robotic system into brain surgery, the company announced this week.

First Patients Treated in No-Drain Clinical Study of Cohera Medical's TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive

July 12, 2012 10:50 am | News | Comments

Cohera Medical, Inc.®, a leading innovator and developer of absorbable surgical adhesives and sealants, today announced the start of a no-drain clinical trial in 30 patients at two prominent surgery centers in Germany. The study will investigate the safety and effectiveness of TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive...

Advances and Evolution of Medical Visualization Techniques – 3D endoscopy

July 11, 2012 1:38 pm | by Dr. Euan Morrison | Articles | Comments

Historically, surgical technology has been characterized as relatively conservative with low levels of innovation. With a number of ground-breaking developments, no longer is this the case. One particularly interesting area that has advanced recently is the field of 3D endoscopy, where visualization technology is transforming the tools available to surgeons and the effectiveness of their procedures. This, together with some of the other visualization technologies being developed, puts us on the brink of a technology revolution within the surgical device arena.

Brain Tumor Removal Device Cleared for Use in New Zealand

July 10, 2012 10:38 am | News | Comments

An automated tissue and brain tumor removal device has been approved for use in New Zealand, possibly impacting the estimated 250 primary and 1,500 secondary brain tumors diagnosed every year in the country.

Operating Rooms Given Makeover

July 9, 2012 10:11 am | News | Comments

Operating rooms (ORs) are due to see a technological makeover, as healthcare spending cuts and an increased elderly population demands that surgery be as efficient as possible, claims a new report by medical experts GlobalData.

Study on Using the NanoKnife System to Treat Liver Tumors Adjacent to Blood Vessels

July 2, 2012 10:18 am | News | Comments

AngioDynamics, a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology, announced the publication of a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, titled, "Ablation of Perivascular Hepatic Malignant Tumors with Irreversible Electroporation."

Pitt Develops Biodegradable Artery Graft to Enhance Bypass Surgeries

June 25, 2012 10:58 am | News | Comments

With the University of Pittsburgh’s development of a cell-free, biodegradable artery graft comes a potentially transformative change in coronary artery bypass surgeries: Within 90 days after surgery, the patient will have a regenerated artery...

Cook Medical Sponsors First Clinical Study to Examine New Endovascular Technique

June 25, 2012 10:30 am | News | Comments

Clinical investigators are for the first time examining the retrograde tibiopedal interventional approach, an endovascular technique that has the potential to reduce the rate of leg amputations by as much as 50 percent in patients with critical limb ischemia...

KCI Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of V.A.C. Therapy for Management of Closed Surgical Incisions

June 15, 2012 5:51 am | News | Comments

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its proprietary Vacuum Assisted Closure, or V.A.C. Therapy System, for the management of closed surgical incisions.

ClearCount Responds to Patient Safety Technologies’ Press Announcement of Patent Legal Action

June 15, 2012 5:33 am | News | Comments

ClearCount Medical Solutions, a leader in patient safety solutions, today issued the following statement regarding Patient Safety Technologies’ June 13th press release announcing the filing of a legal action alleging ClearCount’s infringement of a single patent.

Tiny Robots Mend Broken Hearts

June 8, 2012 12:35 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Millimeter-scale devices could give surgeons the ability to operate on beating hearts.

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